Waiariki Agricultural Collaboration
The result of this collaborative project was the creation of a qualification – Te Taumata Raukura – with the express aim of offering ākonga-centred, meaningful, relevant, hands-on learning with both general and specific career knowledge.
The success of this qualification will stem from a localised and context-rich delivery model that utilises the collective strengths of the collaborative partners, in this case, the Ngāti Pikiao collective, TWoA and Taratahi. All of these ideas are transferrable to other iwi contexts and other collaboration contexts.
An evaluation framework has also been created. It is a summary of how ako (teaching and learning practice) is implemented within the qualification Te Taumata Raukura. The evaluation framework can be used both as a guideline for kaiako (tutor) best practice and as an evaluative tool.
It is premised on the four attributes of TWoA’s unique, indigenous framework for reflective, best practice, Ako Wānanga:
- whanaungatanga (respectful relationships and connections)
- ako (living, learning and teaching)
- aro (reflective practice and evaluation)
- te hiringa (spirituality, passion and motivation).
This project illustrates the value of collaborating to advance Māori aspirations. Working alongside and aligning to iwi educational, social and economic priorities is possible for the tertiary sector and is also essential for the economic prosperity and social cohesion of Aotearoa, New Zealand. What has made this journey exciting is that this project has never been about just offering Ngāti Pikiao a programme to meet their needs. It has instead been about asking Ngāti Pikiao, What do you want? And is this right? Then through a process of self-assessment, external assessment and testing ideas, we were able to create and evaluate a purposeful intervention (a new qualification) to meet their aspirations.
This project will implement a new intervention responding to the desire of iwi to raise the participation and success of Māori learners in agricultural training programmes. A strengths-based approach was adapted, which is premised on the view that the best possible educational outcomes for learners are where the community, whānau, hapū, iwi and education providers are fully involved to contribute to learner outcomes.
- Olive Jonas, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
- Stephen Carr, Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre
- Rangimarie Hunia, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
- Neville King (Contact Project Leader),Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
- Maurice Meha, Te Arawa Collective
- Barry Ogilvie, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
$130,000 GST exc
Project commenced: early 2011
Project completed: September 2016.
Presentation given at the 2011 Ako Aotearoa Research in Progress Colloquium